Environmental Architect

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme


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  • Reports to: Urban Planning and Design Unit Manager
  • Pay Level: SC-6

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

UN-Habitat has been operational in Lebanon since late 2006 following the July War, facilitating the reconstruction of over 30,000 houses. In addition to the on-going projects in the fields of sustainable urbanization and local governance, UN-Habitat is actively engaged in reforming urban planning system in Lebanon and responding to the subsequent urban crisis.
UN-Habitat’s Programme focuses on the following areas: urban crisis response, including analysis of crisis impact on urban areas through city and neighborhood profiles, development of area-based response strategies at regional, city and neighborhood levels, emergency shelter and housing, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), solid waste management, etc. UN-Habitat works closely with UN agencies, INGO and local NGO partners as well as national and local authorities to implement its programmes at national, regional, and local levels.

In addition to the national focus of the programme on urban issues, following the Beirut Port explosion in August 2020, UN-Habitat is engaged in multiple fronts in the reconstruction of the city.

UN-Habitat is seeking to recruit an Environmental Architect to help the Urban Planning and Design Unit (UPD) in designing, supervising, and implementing projects while ensuring the adoption of best environmental and sustainable practices.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Urban Planning and Design (UPD) Unit Manager, the Environmental Architect will be responsible for carrying out the following functions and tasks:

Function 1: Technical Support

  • Assist in identifying interventions that are environmentally sound, keeping in line with the principles of Habitat III while ensuring sustainability and operational efficiency on the local level;
  • Assist in identifying and selecting projects that respond to needs within Social and Basic Urban Services being part of UN-Habitat city and neighborhood strategies;
  • Assist in the design and preparation of tender documents of selected projects in the different environmental fields (including and not limited to mood boards, drawings, bills of quantities, 3D modeling, specifications), while relying on the active contribution and participation of the different stakeholders and local authorities;
  • Support in designing innovative environmental solutions for basic services (such as solid waste, water supply, sewage treatment, etc.), in green construction and water sensitive urban designs, and Climate resilient solutions in the urban context.
  • Support in designing and implementing project activities under the Climate Change Adaptation Funds project;
  • Participate alongside the Urban Planning and Design Unit in data collection and field surveying;
  • Propose and ensure the adoption of sustainable and sound environmental practices in all identified projects;
  • Provide technical input and feedback to “Environment” proposals developed at the Programme level Draft and perform desk reviews of assessment data and reports on urban and environmental impacts and qualities on/of cities.

Function 2: Coordination and Reporting

  • Ensure proper information sharing and close coordination with the Country Programme team as well as with UPD unit;
  • Participate in coordination meetings held at the local, regional, and national levels;
  • Contribute to the overall annual or periodic reporting processes required to be prepared and submitted by the Programme;
  • Undergo regular project reporting;
  • Contribute to the knowledge management processes (knowledge acquisition, storage, distribution, and use);
  • Attend meetings and represent UN-Habitat when needed and as requested by the management;
  • Provide any other relevant technical support to project activities related to urban and environmental planning and architecture and design.

Competencies

  • Strong technical skills of sustainable environmental trends, innovations, and processes;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong monitoring and reporting skills;
  • Ability to simplify complex working environments and solicit input;
  • Willingness to learn from others and work in a team;
  • Ability to assume responsibility and to coordinate with others;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, as well as research skills;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Informed and transparent decision making.
     

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, environmental engineering, or related field.

Experience

  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience with a bachelor’s degree;
  • Experience in working on sustainable and environmental projects;
  • Understanding of urban information management and data visualization including mapping;
  • Ability to work on AutoCAD, MS Office, 3D modeling and Adobe Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator);
  • Work experience with an international organization and/or UN Agencies would be an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Excellent command of Arabic and English languages (spoken and written) is required.

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